Entries by Marco Schwartz

Review of Open Source Wearable Platforms

Open source wearable platforms have, in a big way, propelled the advancement of hardware and software development in the electronics field. Apart from making it possible for people to come up with innovative wearable devices, they have led to the production of efficient, miniaturised, low-power circuits that can be used in other applications. Some of […]

Monitor Data From Anywhere Using the Particle Electron

When people talk about the Internet of Things (IoT), all that usually comes to mind is a Wi-Fi or Ethernet enabled device. However, such devices cannot be deployed in remote areas with no Local Area Network (LAN) or Wi-Fi hotspot. In such cases you have to use an alternative means of connecting to the Internet. […]

Adafruit Feather HUZZAH ESP8266 Review

Being able to control home appliances via the Internet is a dream come true for many people. Not only does it make life easy, but also helps save energy. Unlike in the past, home automation is not expensive and doesn’t require specialists to build your own home automation system. Now, even an electronics newbie who […]

How to Run Your ESP8266 for Years on a Battery

For most of the projects I am building with the ESP8266 WiFi chip, I usually don’t care too much about the power consumption aspect. I for example build data loggers that are constantly connected to the mains electricity, and appliances controller which also have an easy access to power. However, in some cases, we want to build […]

5 Arduino Starter Kits Reviewed

Arduino is the largest open-source hardware platform in the world and offers infinite possibilities on what you can achieve using simple microcontroller-based products. Learning how to program using the Arduino platform is a never-ending process. New hardware is designed and unveiled to the market every day, but the good thing is that the basics remain […]

Adafruit HUZZAH ESP8266 Breakout Review

Apart controlling systems and building products using microcontrollers, it has always been the dream of hobbyists and professional embedded system designers to run and manage their projects and products wirelessly or over the Internet. Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT) and other related platforms there are numerous boards available that can be used to […]

How to Keep Hackers Out of Your Smart Home

This article is a guest post from Sarah Pike (https://twitter.com/sarahzpike). Smart technology has the potential to streamline your life and make everything from getting out of bed in the morning to locking up at night easier. Investing in automated systems and appliances with Wi-Fi capability and mobile integration is one of the simplest ways to […]